Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The School of Education offers high-quality professional development and study opportunities for teachers, support staff, school leaders and educational professionals. Whether you are at the start of your career in education or an experienced practitioner we want to foster your desire to learn more about education and develop your practice. We base our work on cutting-edge research and our own research-based practice. Programmes are flexible and responsive, taking into account the professional and lifestyle demands of those who lead busy educational lives.
We offer CPD, short courses and educational consultancy which an be tailored to meet the needs of an individual or school.
For further information please contact Jon James on 0117 3314 330 or at email@example.com.
We offer the following range of opportunities for professional study.
Professional short courses: we run a number of non-accredited short courses, e.g. professional development for NQTs; Changing Education: A Pathway to Further Study
You can take one of our master’s units as a stand-alone unit, e.g. Teaching and Learning with Technology; Managing People in Education; Educational Interventions and their Evaluation.
Professional master’s programme: a flexible M.Sc programme with a wide-range of options to accommodate your interests and needs. These can be carried out on a full or part-time basis. More detail is available on our master’s programmes webpage.
Doctoral research degrees: offering opportunities for supervised, original research leading to Ph.D or Ed.D degrees. These degrees can be carried out full or part time, with the Ed.D programme in particular designed to allow for flexible study alongside a full time job.
More detail is available on our doctoral programmes webpage.
In May 2018 the government produced a document that set out their ideas for career progression in the teaching profession and how to improve professional development. The report gave strong commitments to improving access for all teachers to high-quality CPD and introducing a framework for CPD provision. We are keen to work with and support schools in providing high-quality CPD.
We have a number of existing models for how we work with schools, but we are flexible and can run innovative, bespoke training to meet your needs. Training can take place in your school or at the School of Education. Current models include:
Non-accredited, collaborative school-led courses
These courses might focus on areas such as leadership or assessment, and we could contribute sessions on what current academic research says about these issues and provide guidance for teachers on carrying out action research projects as part of the course. We can also provide access to educational resources in the School of Education. In the last year we have contributed in to CPD courses in organisations such as Bristol City Council and the Cotswold Edge Teaching Alliance. We can also contribute to teacher CPD in a range of curriculum subjects and have been involved in running subject knowledge development courses with teaching schools. E.g. French - Avon Teaching School Alliance, Physics - North Somerset Teaching Alliance. We can provide certification and badging for such courses.
Accredited school-based programmes
We can accredit school courses at master’s level providing their aims and means of assessment align with those of one of our own master’s units. The latter provide the flexibility to do this relatively easily, e.g. the unit “Professional Development through Collaborative Working on Issues in Education” involves participants identifying an issue in education to investigate through action research and then producing a portfolio of reflective writings. Participants would be enrolled at an individual level for accreditation, but there would be a reduction in costs for a group taking an accredited unit.
Our highly knowledgeable staff, many of whom have substantial experience in schools, can offer a range of services to schools. These include supporting schools with curriculum development, implementation and evaluation of school improvement initiatives, and developing leadership. We have helped schools to think about how they can bring a more research-oriented approach to their daily work and critically adopt evidence-based practice. A particular area of expertise is in supporting individual teachers with action research projects. More information is available here on action research (action_research (Office document, 15kB)